College playoff chaos: Three of CFP top four fall in Week 11By Kelly Sanders Nov 14, 2016
With the College Football playoff rankings having been announced for the first time earlier in the week this was a chance for the likes of Washington, Texas A&M, and Nebraska to solidify, or improve, their positions with big performances.
Wisconsin is the highest two-loss team in the poll.
MS 29, (10) Texas A&M 28: Shea Patterson threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns in his debut and Gary Wunderlich made a 39-yard field goal with 37 seconds left to lift the Rebels (5-5, 2-4 SEC) to a victory over the Aggies (7-3, 4-3) at College Station, Texas. The Playoff Committee would have a 50-50 call to make. Pacific time on Saturday, five people stood around one guy's phone to follow an immeasurable drama ongoing 2,213 miles to the southeast. A Championship appearance and a win over the Badgers could catapult them into the playoff. If Florida wins out it would be 10-2 with victories against LSU, Florida State and maybe Alabama to win the SEC championship. Finally, the Iowa Hawkeyes upset the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines 14-13 in Iowa City on a last-second field goal.
More importantly, perhaps, none of them has any more margin for error. They've beat Wisconsin, Penn St, Colorado to name a few and they can still control their own destiny with a win over Ohio St.
"Washington's undefeated; they haven't played great teams, but they are thumping them into the ground, beating them down", ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit said during the broadcast CFP rankings.
Also falling on the day was No. 4 Washington, which could find themselves on outside of the college football playoff top six after losing 26-13 to a rejuvenated USC.
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Arkansas wanted to devour the run - and it did by allowing just 12 yards on 14 carries in a 31-10 win over the Gators. The defense kept Alabama from opening it up on the scoreboard, as LSU's offense once again sputtered in a big game.
But who knows? If Coastal Carolina can win the College World Series, and Frank Ocean can release an album, and three teams can blow 3-1 series leads, and Kim Kardashian-West can outsmart Taylor Swift, and Leonardo DiCaprio can win an Oscar, and Britain can leave the European Union -then maybe the Sooners can make the Playoff.
Of course, the losses by those teams Saturday bolstered hopes for a different group of teams. If the latter scenario holds true, the Big Ten would have a two-loss champion with a better resume than CU, and if the Ohio State-Michigan victor gets in regardless of a conference championship, this could spell doom for CU's chances. With a Buckeye win over the Wolverines, Penn St wins the B1G East with a potential match with Wisconsin. Washington State 8-2 21. This puts #10 Penn State and Ohio State tied for the division lead.
Jackson, Louisville's quarterback, passed for four touchdowns and rushed for three more in a victory over Boston College and Pryor, a former Ohio State quarterback turned Cleveland Browns receiver, took notice. Louisville is arguably the best one-loss team in the country (them or Ohio State), and their one loss was to the unbeatable Clemson Tigers in an October thriller.
Order looks like it has been restored to the CFP rankings, what with all four undefeated Power 5 conference leaders atop the list. Oklahoma State is ranked well, but the Cowboys haven't played that tough of a schedule, and they've squeaked out some wins. The problem is, it's their only good win, and Florida State isn't going to finish in the top 10. Two-loss teams like Penn State and Oklahoma and Colorado and Utah and North Carolina are, at the moment, at least on the periphery of the conversation, and would certainly gain a larger voice if they win a P5 conference championship; wasn't that also the case before Week 11 kicked off? The Sooners and Mountaineers meet next week in a game that could eliminate West Virginia from Big 12 title contention. "West Virginia just needs to continue to win and build their r?sum? in the eyes of the committee".
Should Ohio State be ranked higher than Washington? It's a joke! Oklahoma is ranked ahead of Houston, and it seems that the committee forgot that Houston spanked the Sooners on a neutral field to kick off the 2016 season. Even if they lose out they will probably make the Playoff.
A couple of Southeastern Conference teams took the biggest falls.
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